Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault Donate to Help Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral After Fire

Updated On 17 Apr, 2019 Published On

Helping hands! A tragic fire caused extensive damage to the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, April 15, and people are donating to help rebuild the historic structure.

According to a statement released by François-Henri Pinault, the husband of actress Salma Hayek, he has pledged to donate $113 million (€100 million).

The businessman said in the statement,

The Notre-Dame tragedy strikes all French people, as well as all those with spiritual values. Faced with this tragedy, everyone wishes to bring this jewel of our heritage back to life as soon as possible. Today, my father and I have committed to donate €100 million from the Artémis fund to take part in the effort needed to fully rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris.

François-Henri is the CEO of Kering, an international luxury group which owns brands like Gucci, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent.

Bernard Arnault, the CEO of the world’s largest luxury-goods company, LVMH, later announced he would donate $226 million (€200 million).

Other companies who have pledged for the donations to help rebuild the Notre Dame cathedral include Total and L’Oreal.

Tim Cook, the chief of Apple, would also put forth money to assist to restore a "precious heritage for future generations."

Celebrities, including Barack Obama and Camila Cabello, took to social media sites and shared heartbreaking posts to pay tribute to the victims in the Paris landmark fire.

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